I have been attending We Are With You for about 2 years. I was asked if l wanted to attend Double Impact, I declined due to past experiences many years ago.
During lockdown my key worker Paul phoned and asked if he could pass my name onto the recovery team. I agreed, thinking that nothing would come of it.
However a day later l got a call from Sarah. She introduced herself and a bit about her role. She asked if she could ring again so that she could fill a form in with me.
She continued to call and gently encouraged me to do a Zoom meeting. Eventually, after plucking up courage l decided to do it, not like it and that would be that, I’d tried. At first attempt l couldn’t even get into the group as I’m a technophobe. Sarah went through the process step by step and it worked.
The first group I did was ‘Recovery Now’, run by Sam . He was so welcoming, and extremely encouraging. To my amazement I loved it and haven’t looked back.
I had a blip whilst Sarah was on leave, but I’d been contacted by Lisa in Sarah’s absence. I did ‘Living Sober’ with Lisa the next day. I felt guilty and a bit of a hypocrite. I txt Lisa afterwards. I don’t really know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t the wonderful message back which I got! She also phoned me. I learnt a lot that day, not only about the concept of Double Impact but she told me about how it works in real life.
To date, I honestly have to say that this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Never in my 57 years have I ever experienced such a feeling of belonging, support and understanding. I can only imagine it’s what belonging to a normal family feels like.
Lisa, and in particular Sarah, have been my rock , not just in overcoming alcohol, but helping me in other parts of my life.
All the facilitators are such professionals. I can’t thank everyone especially Sarah for that. The only way l can think to describe my life now is that I’ve come out of a cold, dark cave and discovered a bright new world.